Daniel Johnston | 02.06.08

live_johnston.jpgI fully intended on watching my first Daniel Johnston show without documenting everything.







Metro, Chicago
Set List

I fully intended on watching my first Daniel Johnston show without the distraction of making a story of the performance and documenting everything. Before the show, I tried to find some recent set lists and get a sense if the performance would be piano-driven, would be backed by a full-band, and if Johnston would play his guitar; to no avail.

Johnston started with a few solo numbers. I asked the openers The Office, who backed Johnston in the second half of the show, what the second song was called, and he said it was a new one. Johnston made for an awesome frontman and the highlight came when he told the audience his recent dream about being sentenced to death for trying to commit suicide, to which he pleaded, "No…No…."

Here’s the set:

1. "Mean Girls Give Pleasure" (solo)

2. New song (solo) (lyrics include "hold on mama," "crying to yourself," "tomorrow is already gone," chorus: "help")

3. "Mask Chord" (solo)

4. "Life in Vain" (with Brett)

5. "Living Life" (with Brett)

6. "Silly Love" (with Brett)

7. "Grievances" (with Brett)


8. "Fish" (with The Office)

9. "Hey Joe" (with Office)

10. "You Got to Hide Your Love Away" (Beatles cover) (with The Office)

11. "Speedy Motorcycle" (with The Office)

12. "Mountaintop" (with The Office)

13. "Rock and Roll EGA" (with The Office)


14. "True Love Will Find You in the End" (with Brett) | Joseph O’Fallon


Daniel Johnston on Tour

Feb-8 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave, Feb-9 Omaha, NE – Slowdown, Feb-20 Boston, MA – The Roxy Theater Feb-21 New York City, NY – Highline Ballroom Feb-22 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theater Feb-23 Washington, DC – Black Cat Feb-24 Baltimore, MD Apr-3 Salt Lake City, UT – – Ottobar Apr-5 Denver, CO – TBA 2Apr-17 Portland, OR, MN – TBA Apr-18 Seattle, WA Apr-19 Vancouver, BC

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